Stories by Jason Snell

  • iPhone 5 takes next step in smartphone evolution

    It's been a little more than five years since Apple released the original iPhone. During that time the world has changed. People now expect fast, reliable Internet connections and bright touchscreens on devices they can fit in their pockets.

  • iPhone: Five years in our pockets

    Five years ago, I was sitting in a tent up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, writing a review of one of the most technologically advanced products I'd ever seen in a remarkably non-technical location. My <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/1058733/iphone_rev.html">review of the original iPhone</a> had collided with a long-planned, unmovable family vacation, and so there I was reviewing a phone in a place so remote there was no phone service.

  • Cook: Apple planning professional Mac for 2013

    Users who rely on Apple's Mac Pro system were disappointed when the raft of WWDC announcements didn't include Apple's tower Mac, but Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed in an email to an Apple customer that the company is working on "something really great" to address the professional market.

  • Cook: Apple will "double down" on Siri and secrecy

    Apple CEO, Tim Cook, kicked off the Wall Street Journal’s tenth annual D: All Things Digital conference, appearing at the same event that his predecessor, Steve Jobs, had headlined several times before. Answering questions from conference hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Cook said his company is doubling down on Siri, played coy about Apple’s approach to the gaming and television markets, and spoke emotionally about Jobs’s death.

  • Review: Apple TV (3rd generation, early 2012)

    The new-model of Apple TV looks and acts exactly like the previous model. I've spent the last week with the new, 1080p-compatible version of the Apple TV, and I'm here to report that it's exactly like its predecessor in all but one way.

  • In depth: Hands on with Apple's new OS X, Mountain Lion

    Apple updates its iOS mobile operating system once a year. But why should the iPhone and iPad have all the fun? Apple has announced that it will release a new version of OS X—Mountain Lion—this summer, just a year after the release of OS X Lion.

  • Amazon admits to selling lots of Kindles

    Amazon announced on Thursday that it’s selling a million Kindles a week, and has done so for the past three weeks. Given the company’s past refusal to say how many Kindles it’s selling, this is big news… but things are still not as clear as you might think.

  • Check your music's iCloud status

    iTunes Match is new (it arrived Monday) and exciting (all your music everywhere! your old CD rips upgraded to iTunes Plus quality!), but it's also confusing. What songs went where? Did iTunes Match find a track or did your copy of iTunes have to upload it to Apple's servers?